A senior EU official said on Friday that talks to bring Iran back into conformity with a historic nuclear agreement from 2015 are nearing a close, but it is unclear if they will result in an agreement between Tehran and the world’s powers.
When Donald Trump, then-US President, pulled out of the agreement in 2018 because he believed it was too lenient toward Iran and re-imposed harsh US sanctions, Tehran broke the agreement’s nuclear restrictions.
“We are very, very advanced in the negotiations. We have had a round of so-called proximity talks in Doha; they produced no results, and the reason is very clear because we have negotiated everything that was on the table,” the official said.
“We can be more precise on some details that are still pending. We are waiting for some ideas from Tehran and what the Americans have to say… I don’t know (if it is) the end of the process, but the end of the negotiation, yes.”
This week, France’s foreign minister stated that there were only a few weeks left to salvage the agreement and that it was up to Iran to determine whether or not to sign it. According to the US, Iran has added demands unrelated to talks about its nuclear program and has made disturbing progress in enriching uranium.
In accordance with the 2015 agreement, Iran agreed to restrict its contentious enrichment program, which Tehran claims it only pursues nuclear energy for peaceful purposes but which might lead to the development of nuclear weapons.